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Filipino nurse hurt in Saudi hospital stabbing incident

A Filipino nurse in Saudi Arabia was stabbed multiple times by a Saudi Arabian national for still unknown reasons, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

Rolando Mina, a 29-year-old emergency room nurse from Caloocan City, is now in stable condition, while the suspect is now in police custody, the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah said.

The DFA said the Consulate General immediately dispatched case officers to Madinah to provide assistance to Mina and to coordinate with local authorities who are handling the case.

Consul General Edgar Badajos said Mina was on duty when he was suddenly attacked by the 22-year-old Saudi national, who was arrested shortly after the incident.

He said the case has already been endorsed to the Public Prosecutor for further investigation.

Badajos said Mina sustained multiple stab wounds mostly in the arms, with the entire incident captured by the hospital’s closed circuit television system.

The Consul General said authorities are still trying to determine the motive behind the attack as Mina said he does not know the suspect and has no idea why he was stabbed.

Badajos said officials from the Saudi Ministry of Health visited Mina on Friday and the hospital management provided him with a security guard to ensure his safety while the case is being investigated.

They also assured him of assistance, including payment of his salary until he fully recovers.